optional

[ op-shuh-nl ]
/ ˈɒp ʃə nl /

adjective

left to one's choice; not required or mandatory: Formal dress is optional.
leaving something to choice.

Nearby words

  1. optimum,
  2. optimum dose,
  3. optimum population,
  4. option,
  5. option money,
  6. optionally,
  7. optionee,
  8. opto-,
  9. optoelectronics,
  10. optokinetic

Origin of optional

First recorded in 1755–65; option + -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for optional

optional

/ (ˈɒpʃənəl) /

adjective

possible but not compulsory; left to personal choice
Derived Formsoptionally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for optional

optional

adj.

1765, from option + -al (1).

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